Dr Adriana Mihaela Soaita
- Research Associate (Urban Studies)
telephone: 0141 330 1705
My research has focused on some of the ways in which housing and home are permeated by, and shape our ideas of, politics and power, trust and governance, space and place, emotions and embodiment. Through the lenses of residential practices––that is the ways in which housing is accessed, occupied and subjectively experienced––I have been particularly alert in substantiating the lived experience and the consequences of housing inequality. My research activities have been supported with £100,000 in prestigious fellowships, e.g. awarded by the World Bank, Dutch Government and King’s College London (ORS).
I joined the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence and Urban Studies in 2017. Previously I worked at Tilburg University (the Netherlands) and at the University of St Andrews (very briefly also at the University of Dundee). I am also a chartered Romanian architect and planner with a prolific portfolio of residential and commercial projects. My postgraduate academic inquiry has been inspired by the encounters with the people I was designing for, whose narratives aroused my fascination with the multiplicity of meanings attached to housing.
- PhD in Housing Studies (2011), King's College London.
- MSc in Urban Housing Management (Distinction, 2004), Erasmus University Rotterdam and Lund University.
- PG in Real Estate, Project and Property Management (Distinction, 2002), IHS Erasmus University Rotterdam.
- BArch/MArch in Architecture and Planning (1985), Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest.
I am interested in housing and the material home as a key site for understanding the dynamic and multidimensional processes through which inequalities are generated via structural determinants, social discourses, everyday practices and cultural mechanisms. This includes:
- Meanings of home, homeownership and housing quality
- Comparative housing systems
- The Private Rental Sector
- Housing options and Asset-Based Welfare
- Housing and social stratification (‘housing class’, status, lifestyle)
- Research co-production, systematic reviews, visual methodologies
Soaita, A. M. and McKee, K. (2019) Assembling a 'kind of' home in the UK private renting sector. Geoforum, (doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2019.04.018) (Early Online Publication)
Soaita, A. M. and Dewilde, C. (2019) A critical-realist view of housing quality within the post-communist EU states: progressing towards a middle-range explanation. Housing, Theory and Society, 36(1), pp. 44-75. (doi:10.1080/14036096.2017.1383934)
Soaita, A. M. and Wind, B. (2019) Urban narratives on the changing nature of social capital in post-communist Romania. Europe-Asia Studies, (Accepted for Publication)
Soaita, A. M. , Searle, B. A., McKee, K. and Moore, T. (2017) Becoming a landlord: strategies of property-based welfare in the private rental sector in Great Britain. Housing Studies, 32(5), pp. 613-637. (doi:10.1080/02673037.2016.1228855)
Soaita, A. M. and Searle, B. A. (2016) Debt amnesia: Homeowners’ discourses on the financial costs and gains of homebuying. Environment and Planning A, 48(6), pp. 1087-1106. (doi:10.1177/0308518X16638095)
I have contributed to:
- Module "Foundations of Welfare", BA in Social and Public Policy, University of Glasgow (2018 and 2019)
- Module "International Real Estate Analysis", MA in Real Estate, Planning and Regeneration, University of Glasgow (2018)
- Module "Housing: Policy, Welfare and Markets", BA (Hons) in Social and Public Policy, University of Glasgow (2018 and 2019)
- Module "Housing, Inequality and Society", MSc/PGD in Housing Studies, University of Glasgow (2018 and 2019)
- Module “Social Policy and Social Risks”, BA in Sociology, Tilburg University (2016)
- Module “Urban Practice”, MSc Urban Management, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (2016)
- Module “Housing, Community and Social-Spatial Justice”, BA (Hons) in Geography, University of St Andrews (2015)
- Module “Qualitative Methods for Social Scientists”, BA (Hons) in Geography, University of St Andrews (2015)
- Chartered member of the Romanian Architect Order (similar to RIBA) and of the Romanian Planner Registry (similar to RITP)
- Joint conveyor of the Urban Studies Seminar (2018-2019)
- Member of the School Ethics Committee (2018-2019)
- Peer reviewer: Antipode | Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography | Housing Studies | Housing, Theory and Society | International Journal of Housing Policy | International Journal of Urban Sciences | Journal of Housing and the Built Environment | Journal of Organizational Ethnography | Urban Studies
- I have given many presentations at international conferences, including the 2019 International Research Forum on Multi-owned Properties, Stellenbosch, South Africa (invited guest), RSA Winter Conference, London (2018, invited guest), the XVIII World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama (2014), ENHR (2007, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018) and HSA (2015, 2017, 2018, 2019). I have been an invited speaker (Dresden, 2017), session chair (Dresden, 2017; Amsterdam, 2016) and workshop coordinator (ENHR, 2014).